Eid Travel: Salalah, Oman


Why go far when Oman is right around the corner?
BySarah Hedley HymersThursday , 18 June 2015
Eid Travel: Salalah, Oman


The Caribbean is famous for its totally tropical weather and perfect beaches, but sadly it’s about an 18-hour flight from the UAE. If you’re looking for something similar but much closer to home, Salalah is a good alternative. The second-largest city in the Dhofar province, it’s situated on the south-east coast of Oman and it’s said that the Sultan prefers to spend more time here than anywhere else in his land. 

Known as the perfume capital of the country, Salalah is littered with beautiful frankincense trees that grow all over the lush countryside. Thanks to its khareef (monsoon) season, the city is rich with greenery and among its wildlife you’ll dolphins, leopards and hyenas. 

For an authentic taste of Salalah, you can buy fresh coconuts, bananas and papayas at the road side and then wander around ancient ruins that date back to 100BC! Temperatures stay fairly consistent throughout the year, and it’ll be cooler and less humid than the UAE during Ramadan, thanks to its vast mountain ranges that help beat the heat.

WHERE TO STAY:
Salalah Rotana Resort is a landmark five-star hotel nestled along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The 400-room property elevates the city’s reputation for luxury hospitality and is carved from desert rock, rising out of the water, resembling an oasis with an elaborate network of Venetian-style waterways. World-class luxury infused with Oman’s rich heritage is ever-present in the hotel’s traditional architecture, complemented by contemporary furnishings. 

INFO:
A premium ocean-front suite sleeping two adults and two children costs from Dhs1,259 per night excluding taxes, Salalah, Oman, +968 2327 5700, www.rotana.com/oman/salalah

APPROX FLIGHT TIME & COST:
1 hour 55 minutes, Dhs1,000

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